Little Girl with Dravet Syndrome Dies While Waiting for Cannabis

Little Girl with Dravet Syndrome Dies While Waiting for Cannabis

Another little girl in the state of New York has passed away while waiting for safe access to cannabis. Anna Conte, a nine-year-old who suffered from Dravet Syndrome, passed away last week and was laid to rest yesterday. Her mother, Wendy Conte, was a part of the movement to pass the New York State medical(…)

Take Action: Tell Congress to Support the Smarter Sentencing Act

Take Action: Tell Congress to Support the Smarter Sentencing Act

Our federal prison population is out of control. While America has only five percent of the world’s population, we have 25 percent of the world’s prison inmates–an 800% increase in the last 30 years. Unless we curb policies like extreme sentencing, our prison population will continue to grow at these staggering rates. And taxpayers like(…)

My Pot Plant Does Not Want to Eat Your Kid

My Pot Plant Does Not Want to Eat Your Kid

Witches Weed at 3D Cannabis Center in Denver/PHOTO: Diane Fornbacher for Ladybud Magazine I live in Highlands Ranch, CO in Douglas County, which is one of the more conservative counties when it comes to cannabis. There are no dispensaries here. We have to grow our own quietly indoors because we definitely can’t do it outdoors. That’s true(…)

RIP Amy Winehouse (1983-2011)

RIP Amy Winehouse (1983-2011)

Amy Winehouse died three years ago today. I remember seeing her at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia with my friends Ed and Kate a few months before she died. She looked very skinny and drawn and was wearing those tiny faded jean shorts and gold belt with a tank top with flimsy and often dirty pink(…)

Utah Patient with Multiple Sclerosis to Receive Donated Ramp

Utah Patient with Multiple Sclerosis to Receive Donated Ramp

Erin Halverson Matthews was a woman in need. She didn’t need a new pair of shoes. She didn’t need a mani/pedi. She didn’t need a new blouse or a new dress. Erin needed a wheelchair ramp. Erin suffers from Multiple Sclerosis or MS, an “unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts(…)

My Southeastern Adventure: A Quest for Good Food and Great Beer

My Southeastern Adventure: A Quest for Good Food and Great Beer

Beginning my quest with a pleasant drive northeast up to Charleston, SC, we quickly settled in and our party of twelve crowded into the local Charleston Crab House, a family-owned business founded in 1991. My boyfriend and I consumed a dozen local raw oysters each and split 1.5 pounds of Alaskan snow crab legs, devouring(…)

Michigan Mom’s Charges for Not Drugging Daughter Dropped

Michigan Mom’s Charges for Not Drugging Daughter Dropped

Sometimes, the stories about the efforts of Child Protective Services leave everyone who hears them wondering if the organization has gone completely off the rails. A case where criminal charges stemming from a child removal incident has been resolved by a judge who upheld the dismissal of the charges, and this case is definitely one(…)

Illinois Adds Epilepsy to List of Qualifying Conditions

Illinois Adds Epilepsy to List of Qualifying Conditions

This week has already seen two more medical cannabis stories coming from Illinois, and they’re both positive pieces of news. Last week, Ladybud covered the story of the establishment of rules for the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program in the state, which should allow for medical sales of cannabis by early 2015. This week, there have(…)

Detox Your Clutter: Simple Strategy for More Peaceful Living

Detox Your Clutter: Simple Strategy for More Peaceful Living

Is your home a hot mess? Horrifyingly cluttered and clogged? Do your belongings own you? It’s time to detox your clutter. AEO: Audit. Edit. Organize. (Repeat.) Boom. It’s that simple. To start, start small. Pick a room or closet and audit your belongings in that space. I removed two thirds of stuff from my dining(…)

Locked Up – Who, For What and Why? Three Questions We Fail to Ask

Locked Up – Who, For What and Why? Three Questions We Fail to Ask

On June 21st, I stood below the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. alongside hundreds of participants in the first annual Free Her Rally. Many of us had shared experiences of wrongdoing at the hands of the criminal justice system and it was no coincidence that many of us were black women. The reason for the(…)